Tuesday, September 30, 2008
New Brighton teen shot
During the night part of New Brighton was locked down as police searched for the assailants who shot a 16-year-old boy at around 10:10 p.m. near the intersection of Jersey Street and Benziger Avenue.
The victim -- whose name was not released -- was rushed to Richmond University Medical Center, West Brighton. His condition was non-life threatening, police said.
Within seconds of the gunfire ringing out, a police unit patrolling nearby discovered the teen shot in the abdomen lying in the street.
The gunman was described as a black male in his 20s wearing a brown hooded sweatshirt.
Somewhere in the backyards of the 200 block of Benziger was where the fleeing shooter and his accomplices were last seen, according to police.
Residents were told to stay in their homes as an NYPD helicopter illuminated the neighborhood and heavily armed Emergency Service Unit officers with a K-9 dog canvassed for the wanted men.
Detectives recovered shell casings on Jersey Street as city buses waited for the streets to be reopened, which occurred about two hours later.
Investigations into the shooting are ongoing and the suspects remain at large.
Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD's CrimeStoppers hotline at 800-577-TIPS.
Doug Auer covers police and fire news for the Advance. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.